‘Wizard Of Oz’ dress fetches nearly $500,000 at auction

Judy Garland's blue and white gingham dress sold for $480,000

The blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in Wizard Of Oz has been sold for $480,000 (£302,000) at auction yesterday (November 10).

Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills said the price for the blue and white pinafore garment, worn by the actress throughout the 1939 film classic, was in line with pre-sale estimates, reports Reuters.

A similar dress, worn by Garland during the film’s test shoots, fetched a higher sum of $910,000 when it was put to auction last year. However, auctioneer Darren Julien said the price difference was due to there being only a few test dresses made, while there are seven versions of the one sold yesterday.

Neither dress sold anywhere near the sky-high figures paid last year for Hollywood clothing worn by Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Monroe’s white dress from the 1975 film The Seven Year Itch sold for $4.6million (£2.8m) and Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady went for $3.7milluon (£2.3m).

The buyer of the Wizard Of Oz dress, made by legendary MGM costume designer Adrian Greenberg, has not been identified.

Other items sold in the Julien auction included a green floral dress worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music ($38,400), a racing jacket belonging to Steve McQueen ($50,000) and a purple woollen skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe in River Of No Return, which also went for $50,000.